Apple Watch Series 4 has been launched with a new thinner design, ECG, faster internals and much more. Here is everything you need to know about the new Apple Watch models and their features, price, and availability.
Apple Watch Series 4 Features
The new Apple Watch 4 was announced at the Apple event that ended just minutes ago. The Watch is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessors in terms of design, features and performance. It is now available in 40mm and 44m sizes, with larger edge-to-edge OLED displays. The corners are more curved and the watch body is thinner than before. With the larger displays, Apple has redesigned all watch faces, and added new ones, to take advantage of the larger displays and show extra information and larger complications. The Digital Crown has also been updated to provide haptic feedback with every scroll.
New health focused new features include the ability to carry out an electrocardiogram (ECG) right from the wrist, alerts in case a users’s heart rate is rising or falling at critical levels and the option to alert emergency services in case a user falls and cannot get up.
The latter can be an essential life-saving feature as the Apple Watch will automatically call emergency services and alert emergency contacts with a user’s location if they fail to show mobility within 60 seconds after the notification pops on the screen. Series 4 has improved detection which can differentiate between a falling person and someone who’s only lying down.
The addition of ECG makes Apple Watch Series 4 the first device in the market which users can buy over the counter to perform ECG themselves. ECG can be performed by placing a finger on the digital crown. All ECG readings are available in Health app and can be shared with medical consultants too. You can rest assured that the above has been put only through the most rigorous of testing environments to ensure that what is promised is ultimately delivered and there is no room for any form of false advertising. In fact, the Watch has gotten approval from the American Heart Association and FDA, meaning the ECG readings obtained from the watch are just as good as the real thing, which is to be expected from the company.
All of this and more were revealed with a beautiful design paired with the first 64-bit dual-core processor in a wearable, which is quite the feat by Apple. The new S4 processor is twice as fast as S3 and will provide up to 16-hour battery life. The speakers on the new watch have also been redesigned to be 50% louder than before.
The larger display, paired with a greater variety of options that will come with watchOS 5 will offer greater customization options, ability to listen to podcasts and allow users to communicate with friends using the Watch Series 4 as a Walkie-talkie using Wi-Fi or cellular networks.
Apple Watch Series 4 with GPS starts at $399 while GPS + Cellular model will start from $499. Both GPS and GPS + Cellular versions will be available for order starting 14 September, in most markets around the world. Carrier availability has also been expanded so the GPS + Cellular model will be available in more markets. You can check if your carrier supports the cellular watch here.
Apple Watch Series 4 will be available in space gray, gold, and silver colors, with an aluminum body. While the stainless steel variants will include gold, silver and space black color options. All existing watchbands will work with the new Series 4 watches. Apple Watch Series 3’s starting price has been reduced to $279. Apple is also launching new Series 4 watch bands to match the new watches.
What are your thoughts on the Apple Watch Series 4? If you are currently on the previous series, did the presentation convince you that it’s time for an upgrade? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.